A journal of academic theology

Mission AD Gentes and the Perils of Racial Privilege

Building on an episode in Uganda, the author considers ethical issues facing missionaries due to race-based privileges. He uses the notion of white privilege to consider how missionaries should negotiate the default racialization found in missionary settings where race operates differently than it does where white privilege is usually found. Racial privileges intensify the competing demands at work in contemporary theologies of mission between dialogue and proclamation. In acknowledging such privileges and the accompanying tension they augment, missionaries should pursue awareness of and accountability for them.

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